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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.

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About diamondkilo

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Waking up and seeing santa.
  • Location
    nj
  • Biography
    Christmas nut
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    Christmas
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    CEO
  • About my display
    just starting out

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  1. Mini Christmas trees and Santa, seeking info

    Closest I found were these- and they are not as nice. Mini pathway trees They are Led "appearing stars" so I assume they blink randomly. He has 5 of them if interested Vette-kid These look like they would be cool but can't find a source here in the USA Could do these/or a DYI version to save on costs. Wire framed Pathway
  2. Mini Christmas trees and Santa, seeking info

    they look very cool... hopefully someone has a lead on them. If they are just c9 plugins I'll buy 200 of them! DAMN answered my own search! Here they are, now to find them. Tree hunt is on!
  3. After Christmas sales

    Stores are definitely getting tactful on the way they do their Christmas discounts. I bought these Lowes Snowflakes on Nov 15 for an amazing $39 for the set. They then went on "sale" the following week for 71.98 LOL-- I bought 10 boxes of them! But they were too bright/cool white LED, for my display. To me its always a crap shoot on the percentage sales and the dates they discount. I have always had luck talking to managers and buying in bulk the 1st- 2nd week of Dec.
  4. Fire Flicker LEDs

    I did just this in my blow mold candles. I tried a couple different ones! Expensive but these were the right fit and look really good plus the flame effect is perfect look for outdoor fire. Time will tell if they hold up. Been out there for a few weeks so far, no issues. I tried the ones above/or similar off ebay for cheaper but had to remove the plastic cover to make them fit, but didn't like exposed wires like that. I also bought these - still waiting for shipment LOL from ebay 3 modes and cheaper Untitled3.mp4
  5. New Neighbor, Seen the Display and Wants it to Stop

    Well then that's a good family then. And you are a good neighbor, a mega tree would have been a wonderful surprise!
  6. Santa's Sleigh Dashboard

    Reindeer Boost/ Button- Can do something with chase lights to animate straps to the deer? GPS Scrolling Nice List. "Presents Left to deliver" countdown. Create html/js gauges on an html page and run it on one of the pads This can give you some Video Ideas for the pads- do some air traffic control stuff maybe. Functioning cluster panel? Ideas see the sleigh 360 VR santa
  7. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Nice- that Santa is sweet.
  8. New to this Christmas obession

    Welcome aboard the Crazy Christmas Light Obsession or as I call it my 2nd mortgage and my 25th kid. I don't do the Animated thing(that bug tries to bite me yearly) good thing my wife has a giant fly swatter. Seriously though, enjoy it for all the right reasons-The smiles it brings, the sense of accomplishment for you and your family, and most of all to celebrate and honor Christmas. This place has a wealth of knowledge for all things decorating and some excellent people to help you. Keep us posted with pics and updates on your display! Cheers.
  9. Another display going dark--sad- but for sale!

    Yeah I always wondered the same thing. It just today's world. Man I go out of my way to help my neighbors displays, I just donated 20+ strings of Led's, 48" wreaths, zipcord and more just to help him with his new display. Even donated over 150 LED c9 bulbs to outline his house. It made us better neighbors for sure. I guess I'm old school! I snow blow my neighbors when it snows, look out for their property when they aren't home, etc, etc. Where is the compassion in this world. He's 80 and doing a display like that! SMH
  10. I was searching on the ebay for other things and saw this Sale. Another display going dark, in the Bonita, California area. Hopefully someone in the area can grab this up and carry on the tradition. Descriptions says you need a 25ft box truck!
  11. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Wow, what and awesome idea. Gonna have to make a few of those for sure! Thanks for sharing that! Gave me an idea to put inline smart switches too!
  12. New Neighbor, Seen the Display and Wants it to Stop

    I can totally relate to this story, only it was my wife who lost her brother and now her dad on Christmas morning. It is our light display that brings a smile to her face in the times of sadness, and I always try to make it better and better each year! I do it for her, and everyone else to lift their spirits, it is truly rewarding when strangers stop by and say as soon as they turn corner and see our house they grin ear to ear. To all the scrooges-- I say this... Close your blinds, we don't want to look at you anyway~! On a side not Craig- I would walk right over to her house when she isn't home and do up 1 of her best trees with a ton of lights and leave a note telling her peak outside at 5pm or whenever it's dark... tribute to your loved one awaits. The power of light is amazing. I did this for my wife in my backyard. I decorated just one Japanese Bloodgood Maple which sits next to a bench with her brothers name. We call it "his tree" and its a special moment every year when I light that 1 tree in the back yard.
  13. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Thanks! You could do red/white red/green or red/green/white combo. For my ground lights -c9 with 10inch stakes.
  14. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Looks great! Verticals and windows will look sweet. But either way looks very nice. Hit that lamp post with some lights as well!
  15. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Brilliant Idea! Thanks
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